The Communications Workers of America and Frontier Communications announced Friday a fourth extension, until April 25, to the current labor contract.

The original labor contract expired on August 2, 2013. Since that time Frontier and CWA have agreed to a series of extensions.

The contract covers about 1,600 Frontier employees in West Virginia who are members of CWA, according to a news release from the union.

The contract covers former Verizon employees, Frontier buying Verizon in a multi-state $8.6 billion deal in 2009.

The contract has shortchanged 150 legacy workers that originally worked for Frontier, mostly in rural counties like Calhoun.

The company has been paying their acquired Verizon workers at a higher rate of pay than the legacy workers.

The legacy employees have been compensated at $6-per-hour less than Verizon employees, although they work side-by-side.


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